The dynamics of dribbling

When it comes to dribbling all sorts of things can determine when and where a player does it and also the effectiveness of the dribble.

1. Technique of the player
2. Decisions to go past a player on the right or left
3. Composure on the ball
4. Anticipation of an opponent’s movement
5. Creativity to use the space dribbled into

Not all dribbles are the same – the best ones are followed by a key pass or a shot but this shouldn’t mean others don’t have value. Going past players in 1v1 situations can be equally as important if the movement advances the team up the pitch. Being able to beat a player or two, will free up space which is the purpose of any attacking sequence — since it will lead to chance creation.

Dribbling out of defence when a pass isn’t on is also important to relieving the pressure at the back giving the team a breather from the defensive pressure from opponents.

Dribbling can also lead to fouls giving the team an extra opportunity to threaten opponents from free-kicks leading again to chances on goal.

Try the sessions below to get your players to take on a little of that dribbling magic. The first session will see enough balls flying into the box to cause chaos, while the second session will teach your players to add an end product to their dribbling.

The focus of Crosses and rebounds is the wide areas and creating space in the packed area in front of the goals. Rebounds from crosses are plentiful in youth games and attackers need to be alert to follow up and score.

Great wingers can cut inside and shoot. Use Zigzag dribble to encourage your players to add an end product to their dribbling. In matches you want to see players dribbling into space and creating problems. The focus of this session is on ball control while running, with an end product.

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